Sunday, August 28, 2016

Monthly Review: August

Every monthly review seems to start with me expressing disbelief that another month has passed. August has come and gone in a flash, school is starting (for me) next week and autumn will be in full swing soon enough; the leaves will begin to brown and shed, temperatures will gradually decline but most importantly it signifies September’s fashion month. But before all that it would be fair to reflect on August.

On Thursday morning Sonia Rykiel sadly passed aged 86. The revered designer suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than twenty years. French President François Hollande offered kind words about her, declaring her “a pioneer”. He went on to say, in a statement issued Thursday morning, that “she invented not just a style but an attitude, a way of living and being, and offered a freedom of movement.” A sad day for the fashion industry. Her brand is currently led by Julie de Librain who has reignited the label’s prominence in the wake of Rykiel’s exit. 

The surprising success and international appeal of Copenhagen Fashion Week was a pleasant surprise this August. Danish creatives released their spring 2017 collections on the masses, a month before the official fashion week circuit kicks off. Personal highlights included Ganni, Saks Potts and Freya Dalsjø (more on her later).

The September issues were released this month. Advertisements are clearly down—the issues are noticeably thin compared to last year. Kendall Jenner finally bagged herself a Vogue cover and what better month to have it than September. It shows the power of America’s first family, Anna Wintour’s democratisation of fashion as well as a disregard for meritocracy. Elsewhere, Rihanna landed W, Rosie Huntington Whitely picked up her third September cover in a row for Harper’s Bazaar UK, and the inimitable Kimye front the US edition. My personal favourite September issue has to be Elle UK (Kristen Stewart, Zayn Malik, Hari Nef, Amandla Stenberg cover) or biannual Pop’s A/W issue.
September is an exciting month. My status as freelance writer will be officiated with multiple articles coming, some of which have been in the works for months. I can reveal I will be covering some shows from London Fashion Week for Linear (linearmag.uk). Linear is an online magazine (print is coming in 2017) exploding with ideas and beautiful imagery from upcoming photographers. Fashion week is upon us as of September 7, a day when Kanye West and Tom Ford will be battling for the most media attention. Throughout New York (which, strangely, I have high hopes for despite the soul-crushingly awful previous two season) we will be reunited with Sies Marjan, Eckhaus Latta and a slew of other exciting talents, as well as industry magnates Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang. London’s Paula Knorr, Martine Jaarlgard, Katie Roberts Wood will present their first on-schedule shows at the British capital’s fashion week.

Given the busy nature of September, Monthly Review will return in October.

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